Friday, July 04, 2008

My Candidate

On this July 4th, I feel it's my duty to share MY candidate for president with you.

In my opinion, NEITHER of our candidates will work with "we the people" to institute the changes we want. The parties have spent two years, and billions of dollars, on this interminable process and THESE candidates are the hope for our future?! Both McCain and Obama are already too entrenched in the corrupt 2 party system of our government. They care more about their party, and corporate donations, than they care about their constituents.

I want a candidate who will respect the Constitution of the United States! I want a candidate who will enforce our immigration laws out of respect for our ancestors who jumped through all the hoops to become LEGAL citizens! I want a candidate who will put the needs of "we the people" before the wants of our mega-corporations! I want a candidate who will build a platform and STICK to it, not waver with every new public opinion poll. Do our candidates really BELIEVE in the words they're spewing? NO, they're only reading words, written by a legion of speech-writers, trying to grab votes from target demographics.

This November, I will be writing in the candidate of MY choice! I don't know who that will be. If all else fails, I'll vote for "None of the Above". Will my candidate win? Of course not. But, if enough of us vote our conscience and refuse to vote for "the lesser of 2 evils", maybe the 2 party system will wake up and realize that "we the people" are sick of their corrupt manipulations.

Don't bother telling me that my vote will be wasted. The media keeps talking about "voter apathy". We're not apathetic, we're sick and tired of not having a decent candidate to vote for. SO....GET OUT THERE AND VOTE! If you truly believe in McCain or Obama, VOTE for them; you have my blessing. If, like me, you're sick of the feeble excuses for candidates we've been given lately....VOTE YOUR CONSCIENCE!


Happy INDEPENDENCE Day everyone!
Please take some time today to read our Declaration of Independence and the Constitution.
232 years later, this is still relevant reading material!

32 Comments:

At 7/04/2008 10:29 AM, Blogger Saur♥Kraut said...

AMEN SISTER! You preach it! You're right, our posts ARE very similar. Incidentally, my mom is trying to convince me to write in Lou Dobbs... ;o) Not a bad idea.

 
At 7/04/2008 10:36 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Saur, I like that idea!

 
At 7/04/2008 11:33 AM, Blogger Laura said...

I have to disagree with you on this one. I do think McCain is deeply entrenched in partisan politics (as shown by his recent embracing of all things status quo GOP that he's previously rejected). Obama has the potential to become that entrenched, but he's not yet. Case in point - no democrat since Jimmy Carter has attempted to claim morality and religious values as an asset (hence why we ended up with the religious right).

Obama votes his conscience, not with the party line. He reached "across the aisle" many times in the IL state senate to pass legislation that benefited the common good, not the pocketbooks of rich donors.

I really do think he's sincere, and if he sticks to his roots and stays true to his character, he'll be a great leader.

 
At 7/04/2008 11:48 AM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Laura, I knew you'd disagree on this one. ;)
Time will tell with Obama...

 
At 7/04/2008 1:08 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

I've shown a lot of support for Obama, but I've never NOT voted libertarian. This may be the first Presidential election where I vote Democrat. It's not so much lesser of two evils, per se, but I can't stand to see another Republican in office, and I truly believe Obama can make this a better country. If Clinton had the nomination, I'd be voting libertarian for sure. I don't think of Obama as an "evil" to choose, I think he'll make an excellent President, but he's not a libertarian. So I'm still torn, and I don't think I'll know who I'm voting for until I'm standing in the booth.

 
At 7/04/2008 1:09 PM, Blogger Courtney said...

Happy 4th, by the way!

 
At 7/04/2008 2:04 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

AMEN PERFECT AND RIGHT ON!

You go, Tshs!!

 
At 7/04/2008 2:05 PM, Blogger Cherie said...

Oh, and Happy Fourth to you!! We always read the Declaration as part of our festivities. You are right - good stuff!

 
At 7/04/2008 2:28 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Courtney, you're voting your conscience; that's all I ask. I don't know who I'll be voting for either. Today, I'm leaning towards Lou Dobbs, by November...who knows? ;)
Happy 4th to you and Dan too!

Cherie, Thanks! *blushing*

The study of the Declaration, and it's signers, has been part of our July 4th celebration since we started homeschooling. L and I have learned just as much as Z has.

 
At 7/04/2008 5:35 PM, Blogger Jeannie said...

You make some very good points that translate into Canadian as well (even though we have a little more lip service to other parties)

 
At 7/04/2008 5:58 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Great post and happy 4th of July! I don't think much of them either. Love that sign at the end.

We used to call that dependence on current events 'government by Globe and Mail (a leading newspaper up here)

 
At 7/04/2008 8:18 PM, Blogger SME said...

What about St. Paul? Is he out of your favor?!

 
At 7/04/2008 9:20 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Jeannie, I've noticed that it's hard to find a politician, on the national level, who is faithful to his constituents anywhere. They're few and far between. :(

Bridg, thanks! Those signs are my 2 new bumper stickers that I got via Cafe Press. They've got some real goodies there! ;)

SME, he's still in the running. ;)

 
At 7/06/2008 10:41 AM, Blogger Squirl said...

Your bumper stickers are good ones. I'm not sure how I'll vote yet, either. Probably not McCain, though. I guess I'll decide for sure on the first Tuesday in November.

Hope your 4th was marvelous!

 
At 7/06/2008 12:17 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Best post in awhile. I'm going to link to this.

Neither Obama nor McCain will respect the Constitution, nor will they do anything about illegal immigration, of which we see the effects on a daily basis here in California.

 
At 7/06/2008 12:21 PM, Blogger The Zombieslayer said...

Saur - I'm thinking of either Lou Dobbs or Ron Paul.

 
At 7/06/2008 2:00 PM, Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Zomb, what about RuPaul?

 
At 7/06/2008 2:14 PM, Blogger Bo Salisbury said...

On a personal note, this has been one of the most relaxing campaigns for me... both are dreadful candidates... no real suspense... in either case, the Executive Branch is going to get totally worked by the Legislature for four years. The $$$ will flow... the Bush budgets will look like chump-change.

 
At 7/06/2008 7:08 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Squirl, I'll probably just vote anti-incumbent all the way. The whole system needs a good house-cleaning. :(

ZS, THANKS!
Yeah, I think we're pretty much screwed no matter which one is elected. :(

Bridg, *giggle*

Bo, I agree! It's like asking the condemned man if he wants to be shot or hung. Does it really make a difference?

BTW, it's nice to have you back in the circle!

 
At 7/07/2008 2:24 PM, Blogger VV said...

The 2 party system has a stranglehold on this country. I will vote Democrat because that's the party most electable whose platform is most in line with what I want for this country. I've voted my conscience in national elections before and Republicans got elected. On the local level I'm more likely to vote independent or libertarian, but on the national level, until we find a way to successfully break the hold the 2 party system has, we're stuck with a choice between two.

 
At 7/07/2008 5:37 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

VV, you're right. At the local level, write-ins can actually win the election.
The only way to break the stranglehold, is by refusing to play their game. The only problem is getting enough people to vote against the parties. :(

 
At 7/07/2008 6:16 PM, Blogger Hammer said...

I think Daffy Duck would be an appropriate write in.

 
At 7/07/2008 6:55 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Hammer, LOL; that's who my hubby plans on writing in!

 
At 7/08/2008 10:12 AM, Blogger DirtCrashr said...

If you're gonna vote Democrat you have a vote in McCain. If you want to vote Marxist-Leninist then vote for Obama, an active collectivist with a tax plan to ruin the economy - there's no "Republican" running this year. If your taxes aren't high enough and think there isn't enough waste in Government, vote for Obama. Obama didn't reach across any aisle unless the other person had already fully capitulated to Obama hard-leftist positions, and he benefited mightily from his Chicago Machine connections.

As a former Democrat I only feel comfortable voting for the least damaging person. I'm not really sure about the Republican party.

 
At 7/08/2008 10:36 AM, Blogger tweetey30 said...

Nice post Mom. I agree with you on everything you wrote here.

 
At 7/08/2008 1:04 PM, Blogger nochoice said...

I definitely agree with this article. Some of you are simply missing the point, and that is the 2 party system is quickly becoming ineffective. They both are entrenched and if you look at the platforms; actually look past the smoke and mirrors with Obama, you will see that he is no different. Morality and religious values? Is that why he is avoiding anything Muslim? You can cite whatever propaganda you find, but neither will solve this countries issues effectively. So enjoy your lala land dreams and see me in a couple years.

 
At 7/08/2008 2:01 PM, Blogger zydeco fish said...

I agree that the US needs a viable third party. That would mix things up a bit, like it does in Canada.

From up here, Obama looks pretty damn good and McCain looks like more Bush, or McBush.

 
At 7/08/2008 8:13 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

DC, I don't think we'll see any change until the voters decide to take back our gov't from the 2-party system. The gov't needs to get back on track by following the Constitution with its checks and balances!

Tweets, thanks. Good luck at work tomorrow!

Nochoice, BECOMING ineffective?! I think we passed that point a long time ago. Voters were heartened when the Dems took over Congress. Did it change anything? NOPE!

That's why I say it's time to send our politicians the message that we're on to their game and we're not gonna play anymore!
BTW, I LOVE your name. You need a blog. I have the feeling that you have a lot to say. ;)

ZF, I'm afraid that no matter who wins, it will be more monkey-business as usual. :(

It's time for the citizens of both Canada and the US to hold their politicians accountable.

 
At 7/09/2008 10:52 AM, Blogger Laura said...

Obama a marxist?? That's pushing it a little bit.

I have a very good friend I went to college with whose father was the Assistant Majority Leader in the IL state senate for many, many years. He is a fiscally and somewhat socially conservative Republican who worked with Obama many, many times. He's a great guy.

He said at a BBQ a few weeks ago that Obama is "the real deal" and had policies that would benefit his grandchildren the most.

I'll take this man's opinion over any pundit, talking head, or internet bullet point any day.

 
At 7/13/2008 1:13 PM, Blogger Miranda said...

I'm not really sure the two party system is the problem. I've had friends join third parties, only to leave, because they see the same kind of corruption in the third party that is in the two majors.

Politics, money, fame and a need to compromise tend to make politicians less likable than they are before they reach the big time. I don't really know if there's a solution to that problem.

At any rate, no politician can please every individual.Not even Lou Dobbs ;) So at some point or other, I think you really DO just have to choose the lesser of two evils.

I will be voting for McCain, because he believes in killing terrorists.

I will not be voting for Obama, because he believes in Infanticide.

But then, I stll *gasp* think morals are an asset.

I do encourage those of you without morals to join with Laura and vote for Obama.

 
At 7/13/2008 5:30 PM, Blogger tshsmom said...

Hey Miranda, long time no see!
Have you had the baby yet?

I figured you'd be voting for McCain.;)
The whole system is corrupt, no matter which party you belong to. I've seen idealistic politicians enter the system and quickly become just as corrupt as the long-term politicians. All that money is too tempting for most people. :(

In this election, I'm interested in a candidate who will follow the constitution, stop the flow of illegal immigrants, and TRY to fix our healthcare system. So far, neither of the candidates has my vote on those issues.

 
At 7/14/2008 2:40 PM, Blogger Laura said...

Good lord, what a snotnosed comment that was.

There's more to morality than a single, wedge issue.

How about poverty, social justice, environmental impacts, and human rights? I highly suggest you read "God's Politics" by Jim Wallis before you go accusing people you don't even know of having no morals.

It's very moral of you to pass judgment on others you don't even know. What a good little Christian soldier you must be.

I don't have a problem with disagreement and debate. Quite the contrary. But get OVER yourself.

 

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